April 01, 2010 -- Able Newsflash No.213

Care News

CRAG is the Charging for Residential Accommodation Guide which covers the PEA (Personal Expenses Allowance) for people in care homes, sets out the capital limits of savings that people can have in relation to how much they have to pay or contribute to their care, how much can be paid to care homes by the Councils, covers situations such as the 12 week property disregard period, how councils should perform with reference to other factors re. their duty of care to individuals in residential care, etc.

The 2010 circular published by the DOH is available in electronic format only and can be downloaded from:

The Minimum Wages Rates have been announced for October this year:

A new report backed by Mencap and 17 other charities has revealed significant flaws in the government's assessment test for the new Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

"Not Working", published on 23 March by the Citizens Advice Bureau, reveals that high numbers of seriously ill and disabled people across England and Wales are being found 'fit for work'.The ESA was introduced in October 2008 to replace incapacity benefit and income support for new claimants. The government plans to test all existing claimants by 2013.
(Source: Mencap)

In-House News

A prospective client has been visited in Suffolk.

MH training has taken place in Norfolk.

Judy Tye Registered Manager and Susan Charles Recruitment Manager attended a Vetting and Barring Course.

Potential carers interviewed in Norfolk and Sussex.

A risk assessment has been carried out in Somerset and monitoring visits in Norfolk and Buckinghamshire.

A new post has commenced in Cornwall for a frail, older lady. Care Manager is Sarah Wright on 01603 281915. Wage is �635.00inc.

All of our clients will enjoy the Easter break in their own home with the support of a live-in carer. One client, with MS, has spent the last 17 years with a live-in carer from Able Community Care in addition to the other 361 days in each one of those years.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Spinal Injuries Association - British Fish and Chip Supper � Friday 21st May

Want to do something different? Want to raise money where you live or work? Want to eat Fish and Chips, while raising money for charity? Hold a fish and chip supper on Friday�21st May 2010 whilst raising awareness of spinal cord injury and supporting SIA's information and support services.

SIA will provide a fundraising pack containing hints and tips, recipes, invitations and donation envelopes. By inviting 7 friends and asking them to donate an additional �5.00 means you will raise at least �35.00 from your supper but we will also give you additional fundraising ideas to raise even more money for SIA.

For your fundraising pack please call Elizabeth Wright on 0845 678 6633 ext 229 or email: fishandchips@spinal.co.uk

It is a staggering and depressing fact that about 38,000 healthy animals are put down every year simply because their owners are going into a care home or sheltered housing project and the rules do not allow them to take their pet with them.
(Source: Hansard, March 2010)

Question of the Week
"My aunt is happily living in a residential home and will spend the rest of her life there. However, in the six months she has been there she has put on a lot of weight and is moving around much slower. I have mentioned this to several of the care staff who seem to dismiss this on the basis that "she is happy". Like all older people, mobility is important and if she keeps on putting on weight I fear her mobility will suffer. Any suggestions as to how I approach this problem. I do not want to upset anyone in the home because, as I said, my Aunt is happy there."

Answer : You do not mention if you have spoken to the management professional of the home but if you have only approached the daily care staff to date, arrange to see their supervisor or manager. You could request that your aunt has an appointment with a dietician from the local surgery who could assess your Aunt's situation as dieticians are the specialist profession for advice on nutrition and diet for health and illness management. It may be that an appropriate diet can be prescribed for your Aunt which the home could then follow and keep her weight under control if this is deemed to be necessary.

Finally � I wish all readers a very happy Easter break.

We hope you have enjoyed reading this and "see you next week".

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.